Medical Meal Plan Waiver

Medical Meal Plan Waiver: Policy & Application

This policy establishes the guidelines and process for students requesting a waiver from the mandatory college meal plan.  This policy applies to all undergraduate residential students.

Waivers will not generally be granted for the following:

• Financial hardship

• Class, sports, or employment schedules

• Religious reasons

• Vegetarian/vegan/organic diets

• Lactose intolerance

• Gluten free diets

• Common food allergies

• Food preferences, likes or dislikes

Students with food allergies or specific requirements should contact Khara Potter, Director of Chartwells Dining Services, at before requesting a meal plan waiver. In rare cases, a student may have medical or dietary requirements that cannot be accommodated by Dining Services. In such cases, students may request to be waived from the meal plan. Dining Services is committed to assisting students with food allergy needs and is a member of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network's (FAAN's) College Network.

Click HERE to access the Meal Plan Waiver Application



Students requesting a waiver from a meal plan must complete the Meal Plan Waiver Request form and supporting documentation to the Dean of Students located on the second floor of Reid Castle, room 227 or can be faxed to the attention of the Dean of Students at 914-323-3210. Supporting documentation from the physician should be on letterhead, dated, signed and include the following information:

-A current statement of the diagnosis and date of onset

-Detailed information of all the medical or dietary restrictions

-An explanation on why the Dining Services cannot meet the students’ medical or dietary restrictions

-The alternative plan recommended for the student and how the student wwill eat throughout the year

-An estimate of the length of time that this treatment will be necessary.


Failure to complete the form in its entirety or to provide the appropriate documentation could result in a delay or denial of your request. Students will receive an email notification to their email regarding the status of their request.

Meal plan waiver requests will be accepted between 9:00am – 4:00pm during the below time frames:

-Fall Semester - Final submission date is the second Friday in August

-Spring Semester - Final submission date is the second Friday in January


Meal Plan Waiver Requests submitted after this deadline will be processed the following semester. It is important to remember that a NEW Meal Plan Waiver Request form and supporting documentation needs to be submitted at the start of each fall semester.

The student’s request will be reviewed by the Meal Waiver Review Committee, consisting of the Director of Chartwells Dining Services, Dean of Students, the Director of the Health Center & the Director of the Counseling Center. The committee will review requests after the deadline and final decisions will be emailed to the student’s account within 5 business days. During the review, the committee may contact the physician to clarify any questions. Only if the Committee determines that the specific medical or dietary needs of the student cannot be met by Dining Services will a waiver be granted.

Students are required to pay all tuition bills in accordance with billing deadlines. This includes the cost of any meal plan. If a Medical Meal Plan Waiver request is granted, a credit will be issued to the student’s account.

For information regarding food service, please contact Chartwells Food Service at 914-323-5392.

For information regarding billing or refunds, please contact Student Accounts at 914-323-5266.

For addition information regarding the Medical Meal Plan Waiver, please contact the Dean of Students
office at 914-323-3134.